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About Us

Department Faculty

Cynthia Puls

Cello Instructor

BM, University of Evansville; MM, Louisiana State University


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Cynthia Puls has performed with the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra, Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra, Gilbert and Sullivan Society, The Baton Rouge Opera Orchestra, Terre Haute Symphony, Southeastern Ohio Symphony, and the West Virginia Symphony. She has soloed with a touring contemporary group in Louisiana including New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport, LA. She also performed on tour with the New Harmony String Quartet at The University of Evansville, IN.

Ms. Puls developed a course entitled, “Exploring Composers” (designed to introduce composers, their styles, and form to elementary students), is founder and director of The Cello Company in Parkersburg, West Virginia (a group of young cellists ages 2 to adult), is an Artsbridge Catalog Artist in Parkersburg, WV, performs in a variety of chamber groups in the area, performed as soloist with The Evergreen Strings located in Marietta, OH, and is founding member of The Trillium Piano Trio. As a member of the Trillium, she has performed as part of the Kanawha Forum Series, Sundays @ Two in Tamarack, Glenville University, Saint Cecilia's Concert Series, Lyceum Series, and the Arts Link Series.

The Cello Company, under Ms. Puls’ direction, performs throughout the Mid-Ohio area. Their list of achievements include: performances at the Varga Celebration which was held in North Carolina featuring world renown cellist, Lazlo Varga, performances with the Swedish String Ensemble, during their US tour, The Kremlin Chamber Ensemble from Russia, during their US tour, Sundays @Two at Tamarack (Beckley, WV), School Tours (Belpre, Marietta, OH, Vienna, Parkersburg, and New Martinsville, WV), The Smoot Theatre, The Parkersburg Art Center, numerous appearances on WTAP (Parkersburg, WV), WV House of Delegates (Charleston, WV), The Castle (Marietta, OH), The Multi-Cultuarl Festival (Parkersburg, WV), Beatles Bash (Parkersburg, WV), Martin Luther King Celebration (Charleston, WV), and performed with The River Cities Symphony Orchestra, The Evergreen Strings and Marshall University String Orchestras as featured soloists.

Ms. Puls’ students achievements include participation in the following: Ohio Universit’'s Honor’s Orchestra (under the direction of Steven Huang), WV All-State Orchestra, WV Governor’s School of the Arts, Wright State University Annual Chamber Music Weekend, Mark O’Connor’s Festival NYC, Marshall University’s first Cello/Guitar Ensemble Day, Arizona Workshop for Strings, recitals at Marietta College, Ohio University in Athens, OH, various Suzuki Workshops, and WV Solo and Ensemble State Solo Recital Winners.

Ms. Puls was clinician to The 5th Annual Mid-Ohio Cello Festival held at Marshall University located in Huntington, WV. Her teachers include: Thaddeus Brys, Fern Glass, Sieva Lezhnev, David Littrell, Fritz Magg, Laurence Shapiro, and Mark Simcox. She performed in Master Classes with Stephen Katz, Fritz Magg, and Zara Nelsova.

Ms. Puls has formally taught as adjunct professor at Butler University, Indianapolis, IN, Marietta College, Marietta, OH, and Marshall University, Huntington, WV. She enjoys her life as a musician in the company of her husband, David Puls, violinists, and her three children: Michael, Aaron and Rachael.